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TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

More than $23 Million in Scholarships Awarded Last Year

Scholarships Make Tuition Even More Affordable

Great news! Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus our own suite of scholarships, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.

Featured Scholarships

Get Started in Two Simple Steps

Step 1: Apply for Admission

To be considered for WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student. Please complete the admissions application and work with your Enrollment Counselor to move through the admissions process.

NOTE: Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.

Step 2: Apply for Scholarships

To access the scholarship application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you after Step 1. You are eligible to apply for scholarships 90 days before and up to 30 days after your degree start date. 

NOTE: Completing a current aid year FAFSA is highly recommended if eligible to do so.

Grants & Scholarships

Twenty-five scholarships will be awarded throughout 2022 and each is worth $5,000 in tuition.

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For WGU alums who are interested in pursuing a master's degree.

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For new students who are keen on pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU.

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For students in midwestern communities (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia or Ohio) who are keen on pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU.

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For EMTs, police, firefighters, corrections officers, dispatchers, and their spouses.

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For individuals who are ready to ramp up their careers, show what they have to offer, and take the lead in their chosen field. 

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For the child or spouse of a WGU grad who desires to experience their own WGU journey.

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Master your future with a master's degree from WGU.

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For dedicated night shift workers who are pursuing a degree in any of the four WGU colleges.

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A scholarship to provide a device, internet access, and a webcam to students who might not otherwise has internet access. 

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Multiple grants will be awarded to individuals who do not have access to traditional state and federal funding–such as Pell Grants and students loans.

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For rural residents who want to complete their college education but were previously unable to because they lacked access to internet service.

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A scholarship for readmission students who are determined to finish their WGU degree. 

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For adult learners who are facing significant financial barriers in pursuing a WGU degree.

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WGU has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to help AmeriCorps alumni finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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For low-income or first-generation students who are EOP&S students and currently enrolled in a California Community College and wish to earn a WGU bachelor's degree.

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WGU is pleased to offer the WGU Collaborative Agreement Scholarship to new students or returning graduates. These scholarships, each valued up to $2,500, are designed for employees of WGU’s partner collaboratives that are seeking to advance their education in any of WGU’s four colleges.

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For graduates and staff of WGU partner community colleges looking to earn a WGU bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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For WGU students affiliated with one of our community outreach partners that are seeking to obtain a Bachelor's degree in any of WGU's four colleges.

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For financial members of the nine historically Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs) that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

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For employees of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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For Morris Brown graduates pursuing an approved graduate level program.

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For employees and members of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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For motivated Phi Theta Kappa members with an associate's degree who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.

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For Red Cross employees and volunteers who are new WGU students that want to earn a WGU bachelor's or master's degree.

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For members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. who are pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU.

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For motivated students who have completed at least four StraighterLine courses who wish to continue their education and earn a degree.

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For transfer students from Study.com who wish to continue their education at WGU and earn a degree to take their careers forward.

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WGU has partnered with the Western Association of Food Chains to help employees of eligible WAFC partner institutions earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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For ANPD members looking to earn a WGU online bachelor’s degree or master's degree in nursing or healthcare.

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For nursing professionals pursuing a post-master's certificate in nursing.

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For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a health, business, or information technology program.

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For CHP students residing in Jefferson County Missouri (valued up to $3,000 per scholarship recipient).

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The Dr. Julie Aiken Hansen Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial support to brand new nurses, clinical providers, and nursing educators entering the field.

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For new MSN or health leadership students at WGU who display the spirit and commitment to leadership exemplified by Linda Knodel.

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In honor of Margaret McClure,  a champion of the value of higher education in nursing, this scholarship is offered to students who have demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

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For experienced IT or healthcare professionals who wish to attend college online to move into the high-demand field of health information management.

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For employees of WGU’s partner hospitals and healthcare organizations who wish to advance their education to become educators, managers, and leaders in vital healthcare fields.

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A donor-funded scholarship that will support students pursuing a Business degree at WGU.

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For  Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a health, business, or information technology program.

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A donor-funded scholarship that will support students who have high financial need and wish to enroll at WGU to study business.

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For select NY residents pursuing a business degree at WGU.

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For Society for Human Resource Management national, regional, or chapter leaders who are looking to add a bachelor’s or master’s degree to their résumé.

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For Black, Latina, and Native American (BLNA) women wanting to build or grow tech-focused careers. 

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For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in IT.

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Gain the skills and credentials you need to build a strong career in cybersecurity with a bachelor's or master's degree from WGU.

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For select NY residents pursuing an IT degree at WGU.

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For students earning or advancing their careers in Information Technology. 

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For aspiring teachers, this scholarship can be applied toward any of WGU’s Teachers College degree programs leading to teacher licensure.

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For the men and women who work in America’s K–12 schools and districts who desire to earn a WGU bachelor's or master's degree.

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For any teacher assistant who enrolls in one of WGU’s teacher preparation programs.

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For prospective teachers who want to earn their teacher certification and current educators ready to advance their careers.

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For active-duty military, designed to help fill the gap between tuition assistance benefit amounts and WGU's tuition. 

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For members of Gold Star Families who desire to earn a WGU degree.

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For United States Army and National Guard Members who are pursuing a WGU degree.

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For service members, veterans, spouses, and dependents in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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WGU offers active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses an opportunity to advance their education.

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For spouses of active duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists.

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Common Questions About Scholarships

Most scholarships are for new and returning students (unless otherwise noted). Eligible students must complete the scholarship application 90 days before and up to 30 days after the program start date. Current students may apply for funding they are eligible for at any time after their first term is completed. WGU employees and family members who are eligible for the WGU employee discount are not eligible for WGU scholarships.

An eligible student can receive one WGU scholarship award per degree. In the event that a student qualifies for multiple WGU scholarships, the scholarship committee will consider each opportunity and will then select which one to award (if any).

It depends on the specific criteria for the scholarship fund. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • The quality of your scholarship application responses
  • Financial need is also a strong consideration for most of our scholarship funds

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other academic history. We encourage you to apply.

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within 8–10 weeks of receiving your application. You will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

No. New and returning student scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Yes, you should also apply for federal financial aid by filling out a FAFSA. Most scholarships at WGU require a FAFSA on file unless you are not eligible to apply for federal aid. If awarded a scholarship, that amount will likely only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. Here is the full information on financial aid.

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State Scholarships

WGU IDAHO PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Idaho who want to further their education at WGU.

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WGU PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

In honor of Public Service Recognition, this is a scholarship opportunity exclusive to those working for the State of Indiana. 

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MONTANA PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Montana who want to further their education at WGU.

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WGU NEBRASKA PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Nebraska who want to further their education at WGU.

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TEACH NEVADA SCHOLARSHIP ($18,000)

For new students who are pursuing an undergrad degree and intending to obtain a license to teach early childhood, grades K-12 or special education in Nevada.

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TEACH FOR AMERICA–NORTH CAROLINA SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

For North Carolina TFA members who are either new WGU students (within 90 days of enrolling) or returning WGU graduates (within 90 days of beginning the continuing program).

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WGU NORTH CAROLINA 5TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP ($10,000)

To celebrate WGU North Carolina's 5th Anniversary, five recipients will receive tuition credit of $2,500 per term (renewable for up to four terms) for a total of $10,000 each.

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FINISH TO GO FURTHER WITH WGU TEXAS SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

To help more students reach their goal of finishing a college degree.

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GRADULET SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

For members of the Harmony Public Schools alumni network and community who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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HOUSTON ISD BECOME A TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For Houston ISD employees who are pursuing an initial licensure program in the Teachers College.

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WGU TEXAS TRAILBLAZER SCHOLARSHIP ($5,000)

In celebration of the more than 8,000 Texans who have earned a WGU Texas degree, this scholarship is for motivated Texans wishing to further their education.

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WGU UTAH PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Utah who want to further their education at WGU.

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WGU WASHINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000)

For graduates from a community college in Washington who wish to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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Thank You to Our Donors

Scholarship opportunities are made possible in part by the generous support of many companies, foundations, partner organizations, and individuals, including WGU alumni, faculty, and staff. Learn how donors can make a difference at WGU.